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2:40 PM ET, February 10, 2011

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New York Times:
Mubarak to Speak; Army Takes New Role  —  CAIRO — President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt prepared to address the nation Thursday, with government officials indicating that they expected him to step aside, and Egypt's military announcing that it is intervening in state affairs in an attempt to stop a three-week-old uprising.
BBC:
Egypt protests: Hosni Mubarak ‘may be stepping down’  —  Protests against Mubarak's 30-year rule began on 25 January  —  A senior member of Egypt's governing party has told the BBC he “hopes” that President Hosni Mubarak will transfer power to Vice-President Omar Suleiman.
James Rosen / Fox News:
Egyptian Official: Mubarak to Step Down, Transfer Authority to Armed Forces  —  President Hosni Mubarak will step down shortly and transfer authority to the Egyptian Higher Council of the Armed Forces, a senior Egyptian official confirmed to Fox News on Thursday.
CNN:
Egyptian official: Mubarak will yield power
Discussion: The Monkey Cage and This Just In
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jon Kyl announces retirement  —  Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) photo by Linda Davidson for The Washington Post  —  Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R) announced his retirement at a press conference in Phoenix Thursday morning.  —  “I will not seek reelection the United States Senate but will retire from public service in January 2013,” Kyl said.
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Arizona Republic:
BREAKING: Kyl to announce 2012 plans at surprise 10 a.m. news conference  —  Amid speculation that he may retire, U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will announce at 10 a.m. Thursday whether he will seek a fourth term in 2012.  —  Kyl, R-Ariz., will reveal his intentions at a quickly convened news conference at a Phoenix hotel.
Discussion: SENATUS, TPMDC, msnbc.com and Politics Daily
Trish Turner / Fox News:
Arizona Senator Jon Kyl to Retire
Ballot Box:
Sen. Kyl announces retirement; Dems see chance to win seat
David Catanese / The Politico:   Kyl to retire, won't seek another term
Politics Daily:
Jon Kyl to Retire From Senate, Is Open to Being Vice Presidential Candidate
Discussion: AOL News
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Trump Will Speak at CPAC  —  Donald Trump is telling friends and advisers that he is seriously considering jumping into the Republican presidential race in 2012.  To make his point, he has accepted an invitation to appear with other potential candidates at a gathering of conservative activists in Washington.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin: No ‘problem’ with gay group at CPAC  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said Wednesday evening she has no objection to the participation of gay Republicans at this weekend's gathering of conservatives in Washington.  —  Palin said she didn't see anything wrong with the participation of GOProud …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
This is Too Much For Me  —  I have, for me, shown an amazing amount of restraint in keeping my mouth shut on an issue about which I can stay silent no longer — GOProud and CPAC.  —  RedState's parent company, Eagle Publishing, Inc., is a long time sponsor of CPAC.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bachmann warns: Don't neglect social issues
Discussion: CNN and The Note
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP gay-rights group brings Donald Trump to conservative gathering
Discussion: The Note
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
FOX NEWS INSIDER: “Stuff Is Just Made Up”  —  Asked what most viewers and observers of Fox News would be surprised to learn about the controversial cable channel, a former insider from the world of Rupert Murdoch was quick with a response: “I don't think people would believe it's as concocted as it is; that stuff is just made up.”
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Mother Jones
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘STUFF IS JUST MADE UP’.... We generally don't hear much in the way of criticism of Fox News from the Republican network's own employees.  That's largely due to the non-disclosure agreements staffers are forced to sign, and I've long assumed it has something to do with a self-selected sample …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Can't Filibuster ObamaCare Repeal  —  The GOP needs 51 Senate votes, and a new president, to get it done.  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin likes to taunt his Republican colleagues, arguing that ObamaCare can't be repealed because 60 votes are required to end debate in the Senate on any measure.
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
DNI Clapper: Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood ‘largely secular’  —  During a House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called Egypt's branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement “largely secular.”  —  In response to questioning from Rep. Sue Myrick …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
License To Beg  —  Montgomery County's not run by neoliberal sellouts, that's for sure.  They're true friends of the working man: … This business about where the beggars stand is a microcosm of one of the most prominent conceptual problems here.  If the issue is people violating traffic laws …
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Washington Post:
Minorities are majority population in Montgomery County
Discussion: National Review and Greg's Opinion
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Santorum: I've watched every episode of Palin's reality show  —  Rick Santorum did damage control on Greta Van Susteren's show last night, claiming his recent, apparently critical comments of Sarah Palin were taken out of context and that he has nothing against the ex-governor's decision to skip CPAC.
Discussion: The Other McCain and Politics
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Santorum's Twe-eating his Palin words
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Republicans Battle Turmoil in Their Ranks  —  WASHINGTON — Under pressure to make deeper spending cuts and blindsided by embarrassing floor defeats, House Republican leaders are quickly discovering the limits of control over their ideologically driven and independent-minded new majority.
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Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans Splintering on Size of Cuts
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker makes birther joke at CPAC  —  A Republican lawmaker made a subtle “birther” jab at President Obama during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).  —  Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), a freshman member of Congress who was born in Puerto Rico …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
David S. Bernstein / thephoenix.com:
Mitt Rewrites Himself  —  A new Apology  —  When Mitt Romney's second book, No Apology, came out a year ago, it looked like he was moving away from the far-right demagoguery of his 2008 bid for the presidency, and toward a more moderate centrism for the 2012 election cycle.
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Live blog Feb 10 - Egypt protests  —  on February 10th, 2011.  —  From our headquarters in Doha, we keep you updated on all things Egypt, with reporting from Al Jazeera staff in Cairo and Alexandria.  —  The Battle for Egypt - AJE Live Stream - Timeline - Photo Gallery - AJE Tweets - AJE Audio Blogs
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The Politico:
Daniels: I'd have cash, support to win  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels boasts that he would turn heads with his fundraising firepower and roster of big- name GOP supporters if he jumps into the 2012 presidential race.  —  “If I were to decide to do this …
Discussion: CNN, Online NewsHour, GOP 12 and Politics
 
 
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